Careers information

We know that choosing a rewarding career and getting that ‘right’ first job is hugely important for students. It can also be difficult. So we’ve talked to employers we work with and put together the handy hints below. They’ll help you or your students get to where you want to go. 

Some tips for choosing a great career

Great careers bring together many things: your passion, your skills, and opportunities to do something useful, gain experience and learn new things.

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    Think about what excites you

    We all have things we enjoy doing: making things, working outdoors, being creative... Think about what excites you.

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    Identify your skills

    Look at what you've already achieved in life - big and small. Then identify the skills that got you there.

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    Talk to us

    Talk to our Competenz careers team (0800 526 1800), a schools careers advisor and people doing jobs you're interested in. Check out the Careers NZ website.

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    Get work experience

    It's a great way to check out a career, gain some skills and build your networks. And if you shine, you may even get a job offer.

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    Bring it all together in a plan

    What do you need to do to make your chosen career happen?